Ralph's on the Park (900 City Park Ave., 504-488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.com) hosts a beer dinner with NOLA Brewing on Friday. The four-course meal features local fish and jumbo lump crabmeat crudo with Big Shot Pineapple nuoc cham paired with Rebirth Pale Ale; a charcuterie plate with caramelized pork rillette, duck liver mousse and spent grain pretzel served with Hopitoulas IPA; slow-cooked Two Run Farm leg of lamb with an Irish Channel Stout glaze, paired with Irish Channel Stout; and for dessert, there are beignets made with NOLA Brown Ale, pecan creme anglaise and peach and cinnamon panna cotta served with NOLA's Brown Ale infused with maple syrup and cinnamon.
Passed hors d'oeuvres (paired with the new recipe of Hurricane Saison) are offered at 6:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m. The dinner is $70 (including tax and tip) and reservations can be made by calling Ralph's on the Park.
The following weekend, get ready to hit the French Quarter with Founders Brewing Co. (www.foundersbrewing.com). Since Founders launched in Louisiana, most of its events in New Orleans have been limited to bars including The Avenue Pub and The Bulldog. Jeff Cathcart, marketing manager for Founders in Louisiana and Arkansas, said he was looking to do something fun and different, so at 1 p.m. Aug. 16, Founders is hosting a pub crawl and pool party.
The crawl kicks off at Johnny White's Bar at 733 St. Peter St., then moves to Yo Mama's Bar & Grill, Finnegan's Easy, Molly's at the Market and Erin Rose. Those who last till the end will be given the location of the after-crawl pool party.
There's no cost to participate; interested parties can show up and buy beers as they go. — NORA McGUNNIGLE